An Indonesian man in Kaohsiung City, southern Taiwan, who was found to have no valid travel documents and attempted to bribe patrol officers with NT$20,000 (US$646) in exchange for letting him go, was referred to the National Immigration Agency pending repatriation.

On the afternoon of October 5, while a team of officers from the Gangshan Precinct of Kaohsiung City Government Police Bureau was on patrol in Yanchao District, they came across an Indonesian woman with a lot of luggage, The Real Daily reported.

When police checked her identification, she was found to be a legal migrant worker. She said she was waiting for her fiancé, also Indonesian.

When the man appeared, he ran away and tried to hide in a nearby guava farm. When officers found him, they demanded that he produce his identification, to which he responded that he had been in Taiwan for less than one month, and struggled to understand Mandarin.

Officers discovered that the man was lying when they found a three-month-old remittance slip in his wallet. The suspect then tried to bribe officers between NT$15,000 and NT$20,000 (US$485-US$646) in exchange for letting him go.

Preliminary police investigation showed that the suspect had arrived in Taiwan as a legal migrant worker employed at a manufacturer in Taichung around five years ago. Upon the expiry of his contract three years ago, he had run away from his employer and had overstayed in Taiwan ever since.

The man, who is allegedly in violation of the Immigration Law and Employment Services Act, has been referred to the National Immigration Agency, and is expected to be repatriated.